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Old 09-11-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default '99 Impreza RS have a transfer case or no?

Does my 1999 2.5 rs have a transfer case or no? This is regarding my problem that I'm having with the wheels binding and popping when making slow parking lot turns in either direction.

I've been hearing so many different possibilites of what could be causing it, so I just took it to a newly discovered "Subaru Specialist" shop 3 min away from my house, and when telling the guy the problem, he was like yup yup, that's the transfer case. I was saying, but wait...isn't it the center diff? in particular the viscious coupling inside the diff? and he kept reinforcing and getting frustrated that I wasn't understanding. He was saying "IT IS NOT PART OF THE CENTER DIFF, THE TRANSFER CASE IS CAUSING THE PROBLEM AND NOT THE CENTER DIFF.

my problem is, i've been reading that these subarus don't even have transfer cases...is that true?

I went to the shop positive that he'd be like yup it's exactly what you said, but instead he threw a curveball and negated everything I thought and heard from you guys here on nasioc
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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No, you are correct in that saying that you have a viscous coupling.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:32 PM   #3
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:49 PM   #4
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Got it figured?
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:06 AM   #5
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it has what subaru calls a "transfer case", but that part is not the problem. The viscous coupling inside the center diff is almost certainly the problem. if a shop replaces anything beside the center diff and the bearing I would be very suspicious.

anyone who says "subaru's dont have a transfer case" is both right and wrong, and has never read a subaru FSM or parts book because they call the center diff housing a "transfer case". However, subaru's dont have a transfer case that is like most other 4x4/AWD vehicles drivelines.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #6
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:26 AM   #7
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it has what subaru calls a "transfer case", but that part is not the problem. The viscous coupling inside the center diff is almost certainly the problem. if a shop replaces anything beside the center diff and the bearing I would be very suspicious.

anyone who says "subaru's dont have a transfer case" is both right and wrong, and has never read a subaru FSM or parts book because they call the center diff housing a "transfer case". However, subaru's dont have a transfer case that is like most other 4x4/AWD vehicles drivelines.
see here's why I think the "subaru specialist" was wrong/is clueless. Even if he is referring to the center differential housing as a trasnfer case, he is still wrong because he was saying "it's not the center diff, the transfer case is in the rear..." huh???? I decided not to drop my car off with him...not at least we talk and find out exactly what each of us is referring to.
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